Saif Ali Khan’s “Concept of India” Comment Thrashed by BJP Leader While Naming Taimur in Twitter post
BJP Meenakshi Lekhi has now lashed out at Saif Ali Khan for his comments on Indian history. She took to Twitter and slammed the actor’s choice of name for his three-year-old son
Bollywood power couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s son Taimur has grabbed the spotlight from time to time. Since his birth in 2016, the now three-year-old has been victim to several controversies surrounding his name, which many right-wing public personalities believe to be taken from the 13th century Central Asian invader Timur. While both Saif and Kareena have rubbished the claim on several occasions, none of it seems to have helped. In a recent turn of events, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi has now lashed out at Saif for his comments on Indian history.
Saif’s recent film Tanhaji unravels the story of a 17th-century Maharashtrian military leader. While speaking about the same in a recent interview, the actor said, "I don't think this is history. I don't think there was a concept of India till the British gave it one." This enraged Meenakashi, who jumped on to the bandwagon of others angered by Saif’s statement too and called him out once again for naming his son Taimur.
Even Turks find Taimur a brute ! But some people choose to name their children Taimur . https://t.co/T9xX5qihAw— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) January 19, 2020
“Even Turks find Taimur a brute! But some people choose to name their children Taimur,” tweeted Meenakashi. Speaking about it, Saif earlier said, “I haven’t told anyone about this — I thought for a second about changing his name. For a couple of weeks. And Kareena was a little against it, and she said, ‘People respect you for your opinion and you can’t’… So I said, yeah, but it’s not about the people. I don’t want him to get unpopular.” Kareena also earlier admitted that she had no idea why people took her son’s name so personally and also went on to say that it had “no resemblance to any person living or dead”. Like Saif, she also insisted that it was the meaning behind the name Taimur (Iron) that made them go for it.